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Kate Derbyshire Artist CV
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St Pauls Primary School, Cardiff The constant underlying themes in my work are movement, structure and pattern, coupled with an awareness of the interaction of positive and negative spaces. My work is always dynamic but never to the point of chaos. Structure and pattern are used to balance the energy / movement in the piece. The challenge is to achieve the right balance in the piece for the environment in which it will exist.

My original training was in Ceramics. I have since gone on to explore mosaic, paint and various ways of working with glass. A lot of my work contains a mixture of these disciplines i.e. my ceramic pieces often incorporate mirror mosaics or panels. My glass mosaics may include cit and broken glass, etched plain and engraved mirror.

The scale of my work varies enormously. I like the drama of large-scale work, but that same drama / dynamic is present although condensed in my smaller pieces. The community work is usually large scale, my own work unless to commission is considerably smaller.


Community Project Quick Jump
Saint David's Hospital
Peter Lea Primary School
Maes Glas Primary School
Colcot Primary School Barry
Saint Pauls Church in Wales Primary School
Lliswerry Junior School
LATCH
Cwrt yr Alla Primary School
Llanover Hall Arts Centre

Saint David's Hospital Art Commission


Saint DavidI was commissioned by the management of the new Saint David's to create a community artwork to show the history, present and future of the hospital. Staff and clinics had come from 4 hospitals that had been closed in Cardiff and been merged to create the new hospital.

The piece depicts certain parts of the histories of each of the 4 hospitals in the squared border. The base of the whole piece is a pictorial representation of the old hospitals one of which was a hospital ship, hence the ship. The largest circle shows the community the hospital serves in all its diversity. Inside this are the different services the hospital offers, from podiatry to dentistry, clerical to housekeeping. The centrepiece of glass mosaic reflects the hospitals part in the NHS as being a small but important cog in the vast machine.

3 schools were involved in the designing and creation of this piece. Also staff, patients and the children from Saint Johns Ambulance service based at the hospital leant a hand or foot in the case of the podiatrists.



Colcot Primary School Barry Art Commission


This piece was made by the year 5 and 6 of Colcot Primary School in Barry.

The brief was the history of Barry. During the design stage it became apparent that the beach and travel were the key issues in the children's eyes. Different modes of travel to the beach from train, charabancs to paddle steamer, and the beach itself with its colourful huts and donkeys.

A mixture of mirror, cut and broken tile and melted marbles were used on this piece.



LATCH (Welsh Childrens's Cancer Charity) Art Commission


LATCH (Welsh ChildrensThis piece was commissioned by LATCH the Welsh Children's Cancer Charity. The theme of this piece was to reflect the work of the charity and act as a fundraiser. There had to be space in the design to include 500 names.

After talking to staff at the hospital, patients and parents I came up with a design based on a roller coaster ride. The whole piece is a visual metaphor for childhood cancer. The cart containing the child and family hurtling along outside of their control, the movement suggestive of the progression of the disease, with its highs, lows and setbacks. The structure in the piece communicates the vital support given to the families and children by the hospital staff and the charity LATCH. The names engraved on glass and mirror form part of the supporting structure.


Community Project Quick Jump
Saint David's Hospital
Peter Lea Primary School
Maes Glas Primary School
Colcot Primary School Barry
Saint Pauls Church in Wales Primary School
Lliswerry Junior School
LATCH
Cwrt yr Alla Primary School
Llanover Hall Arts Centre

Peter Lea Primary School Art Commission


Peter Lea Primary School Art CommissionThe children of Peter Lea Primary School made these pieces of work in the summer term of 2004. The infants created the large ceramic piece whose theme was the school and the community it serves.

The school badge forms the centre of the artwork, the children cut the leaves for the tree out of clay, which were then glazed and incorporated into the central mosaic. The houses are quite imaginative some children depicting their homes as a tree house, other's as igloos, castles, pie houses and so on.

The children from the nursery and reception made the people and faces that frame the whole piece.

The juniors made the mosaics; the world was our starting point. After a large group discussion we narrowed our field down to 6 countries. In groups of 120 we did exciting design work based on our chosen countries. The results are stunning and provide quite a talking point for the children. My favourite is the South American one, with its birds and jungle.



Saint Pauls Church in Wales Primary School


Saint Pauls Church in Wales Primary SchoolThe children of Saint Paul's Church in Wales Primary School made this mosaic.

The school had recently had an inspection by the church and had been asked to create some visuals to communicate a sense of awe and wonder in their religion to the children.

The mosaic we created in a short space of time certainly fills the requirements of the inspectors. The piece was made in about 20 separate parts and only put together when fastened to the wall. Apparently when the children saw it for the first time on a Monday morning they were wide-eyed and speechless.



Cwrt yr Alla Primary School Art Commission


Cwrt yr Alla Primary School Art CommissionThe children of Cwrt Yr Alla Primary School created this mosaic.

The obstacles on the wall that had to be negotiated, and consideration of the theme, determined the overal shape, which was fish. The children drew their fish and seaweed designs straight on the boards that we were to work on.

The finished piece certainly brightens up the previously rather gloomy space.


Community Project Quick Jump
Saint David's Hospital
Peter Lea Primary School
Maes Glas Primary School
Colcot Primary School Barry
Saint Pauls Church in Wales Primary School
Lliswerry Junior School
LATCH
Cwrt yr Alla Primary School
Llanover Hall Arts Centre

Maes Glas Primary School Art Commission


Maes Glas Primary School Art CommissionThis 225ft by 5ft mural was painted with the help of all the children at Maes Glas Primary School and some of the teenagers who attend after schools clubs based at the school. Firstly we discussed all the different events that we wanted to incorporate into our timeline.

Each class was responsible for 2 pictures. The nurseries Fire of London was one of my favourites. The very last picture of all was us painting the wall.



Lliswerry Junior School Art Commission


Lliswerry Junior School Art CommissionThe children of Lliswerry junior school made this mosaic. The centre is the school badge and motto. The four spiralling arms each represent a different festival.

Each of the year groups was responsible for the design and making of their section. The youngest group worked on Saint David's day, year 4 the Harvest Festival, year 5 Divali and year 6 Chinese New Year.



Llanover Hall Arts Centre Art Commission


Llanover Hall Arts Centre Art CommissionThis piece was commissioned by Llanover Hall Arts Centre, Cardiff South Wales.

The children who attend classes at the centre helped with the design providing elements that related to the physical structure of the building. For instance a rubbing of pattern from a cast iron fireplace, drawings of a permanent piece of artwork in the buildings etc. These images I collected together and used as a base for the design.

The children also played a part in the manufacture of the piece.



These images are my own recent work. Most incorporate themes of momentum, energy and obstructions.